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This is the year
when the swallows did not come back

you have not noticed

Again again you are
the right time after all

not according to
however we planned it

Following the black
footprints the tracks
of words that have passed that way
before me I come
again and again to
your blank shore

Novalis's unfinished novel is a kaleidoscope of visions
and allegories of nature.

Adam Kirsch prefers his own ideas about poetry to actual

The detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib were both a
continuation and a divergence from historical prison practices.

America remains unprepared for a possible avian flu

By engaging the marriage debate only in terms of "gay rights," progressives have put themselves in a losing position.

"We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the September 11th attacks."

George W. Bush -- September 17, 2003

To the extend that George Bush had retained the slightest shred of dignity through the whole ugly Iraq imbroglio, it was found in his refusal to fully embrace the biggest of the Big Lies told by his aides: The claim that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein had played a role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The US must make full employment and ample demand the
guiding principles of its international economic policy.

The media passed along without prejudice Karl Rove's
deliberate distortions of Richard Durbin's words.

The Klan was willing to risk that their victims
were innocent; we can't take that risk today with accused terrorists.

Our Deadline Poet is on vacation this week. And speaking of vacation,
with this issue The Nation goes on its biweekly summer schedule.

The FDA's refusal to issue a decision on Plan B reflects
the influence of the Christian right over Bush Administration policy.

Two states recently restored the estate tax to fund critical middle-class programs.

Though the G-8 leaders should subsidize zero-carbon
energy sources, they should resist Bush's advocacy of nuclear energy.

Activists must push for more debt relief for all
impoverished countries in Africa.

Twelve days ago, The Washington Post reported that the Bush White House had concluded that George W. Bush--who was facing sinking polling numbers reg...


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Senior government officials can be held responsible for the horrors at Abu Ghraib.

Getting the party started at the College Republican National Convention.

Did those wily ayatollahs give us the purple finger again?

As you all have heard, Karl Rove said liberals wanted to offer the terrorists therapy after 9/11. I know a lot of liberals. None of them were talking about counseling Osama bin Laden in that terrible time. But there is one person liberals would like to see in therapy: Karl Rove. How else to understand the enemy?

I'd like to know what terrible childhood trauma caused an Episcopalian from Utah to believe establishing a permanent Republican majority was his life's calling. Was he abused by a homeless man? Did feminists burn his American flag notebook at a pro-choice rally? Was he humiliated by a member of the liberal elite during graduate studies at the University of Texas?

I'd like to see Rove take a word association test. How does Karl feel when he hears the phrase "push pull polls" or "merge/purge" or "dirty tricks"?